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"LLANYBYTHER (LLAN-Y-BYDDAR), a parish, in the union of LAMPETER, higher division of the hundred of CATHYNOG, county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTH WALES, 5 1/2 miles (S.W.) from Lampeter; comprising the northern and southern divisions, and containing 1120 inhabitants. This place is situated on the road from Lampeter-Pont-Stephen to Carmarthen, and on the border of the county . . . The parish is extensive, comprising nearly ten thousand acres, of which about two thousand are uninclosed, and containing a great variety of soil and surface . . . the prevailing kinds of timber are fir and young oak, and the chief agricultural produce oats and barley. . . The village of Llanybyther is situated on the banks of the river Teivy . . . the parish also contains the village of Glanduar and that of Abergorlech . . . The church, dedicated to St. Peter, has recently undergone thorough repair . . . There is also a chapel at Abergorlech . . . There are two places of worship for Independents, and one each for Baptists and Methodists. About 55 children of both sexes are instructed at the expense of their parents, in two day schools, one of which has a lending library attached, furnished by the Hon. Mrs. Evans. There are also four Sunday schools, one of which consisting of 105 males and females, appertains to Baptists . . . two others are connected with Independents, and one with Calvinistic Methodists, and together contain 250 males and females . . . " [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]


Morris, James (Rev). Cofiant Dafi Dafis Rhydcymerau (Biography of Dafi Dafis). Dolgellau, 1898, 2nd ed. Here is an index and contents listing by Gareth Hicks.

Monumental inscriptions for Rhydcymerau Methodist Chapel, and for Rhydybont Independent Chapel, are available on microfiche from Dyfed FHS.


A bound copy of the 1841 census return for this parish is available at Carmarthen Reference Library. It was produced by pupils of Lampeter Comprehensive School as part of the Lampeter and District Census Project 1987.


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Llanybydder area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

LLANYBYTHER, St. Peter   1829-1830     - on the Church plans online site

Some church and chapel data from The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 1, South Wales. Ed. by   I.G Jones, & D. Williams. UWP,   Cardiff, 1976. The names are those of the informants

  • St Peter's Llanybyther Parish Church             Hugh Felix, Vicar
  • Rhydybont   Ind                          David Lewis, Deacon
  • Aberduar   Baptist              Erected before 1800       John Williams, Minister
  • Rhydcymere     CM       Erected in 1847        John Williams, Deacon


Parish entry for Llanybydder and Llanwenog from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by (Archive CD Books)).

  • St Peter
  • &
  • St Gwenog (Llanwenog)
  • Incumbent and Curates; D A Jenkins
  • Rural Deanery of Lampeter
  • Acreage --- & 10,723 ; Population 1,055 & 1,368

Abergorlech was an ancient chapelry in this parish, whose records prior to 1813 were included in Llanybydder's PRs. Its baptisms, for 1813-71, are at the Carmarthenshire Record Office.


Davies, W.H. Hanes Eglwys Aberduar (History of Aberduar Church), Llandysul, J.D. Lewis and Sons, Gomer Press (1962). [LDS  GS 924498]. Here is an Index and list of chapter headings by Gareth Hicks

Griffiths, G. Milwyn. A Visitation of the Archdeaconry of Carmarthen, 1710   National Library of Wales journal. 1974, Summer Vol XVIII/3. Includes the parish of Llan y Bydder

Church Records

Dyfed FHS have photographs and data relating to various churches and chapels on their site

Parish registers: Christenings (1783-1972). Marriages (1754-1994) and Burials (1783-1984) are at the Carmarthenshire Record Office.

Copy ts PR index C (1813-75) M (1754-1875) at NLW and Carm.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1679, 1694, 1696, 1699, 1705, 1711, 1719-21, 1723, 1728-34, 1737, 1739, 1741, 1743-4, 1748-50, 1752-5, 1757, 1761, 1763, 1767, 1770, 1772-3, 1789-90, 1793-1800, 1802-44, 1847-9, 1851, 1854-6, 1880, 1892) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS.

Marriage index for this parish - see Dyfed Marriages, 1813-1837, Vol. 17 - Cathinog Hundred (Dyfed Family History Society, c1989)

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

  • Aberduar (Baptist, bef 1761), Aberduar                Register (1751-1857) NLW Ms 610, LDS 829076/4 and 829066/5; copy of register (1751-1857) NLW Ms 10785C.       See Not everyone knows this.. for a list of ministers and members in 1751 and sundry baptisms in 1761/2  and 1775.                   SN52604385      Built 1761 & rebuilt 1834/5, refurbished 1881 & enlarged 1891   Still open 1999    Coflein                           On Dyfed FHS    
  • Rhydycymerau (Calvinistic Methodist, bef 1813), Rhydcymerau           On Dyfed FHS                   Rhydcymerau CM chapel - still open in 2006
  • Rhydybont (Independent, bef 1715?), Rhydybont           Baptisms (1775-1825) PRO RG4/3826 and RG4/4021, LDS 828113, IGI         On Dyfed FHS          Shown as still open on the Union of Welsh Independents site (Dec 2006)
    Rees, Thomas & John Thomas.   Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches) 4 volumes (published 1871+). Here is the entry from this book for this chapel (in Welsh ) - with translation by Gareth Hicks (Dec 2008)
  • Nenog Ind chapel, Llidiad nenog        SN54653740  Built 1869, refurbished 1893   Coflein             On Dyfed FHS          Shown as still open on the Union of Welsh Independents site (Dec 2006)

Held at Carmarthen Archives;

  • Memorial Inscriptions for Rhydybont Independent  and Rhydcymerau Methodist chapels.

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Llanybydder which are provided by:

The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 1, South Wales., byJones, I.G. & Williams, D.   UWP,   Cardiff, 1976.  These statistics for this parish are extracted from this book which in turn got them from the 1851 census itself;

  • Area 10031 acres; Population 520 males, 603 females, total 1124

Places, villages, farms etc within Llanybydder  as shown on the online parish map from the CD of   Historic Parishes of England and Wales: an Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazetteer and Metadata [computer file]. (Kain, R.J.P., Oliver, R.R.). (Extracted by Gareth Hicks)

  • Llanybydder (6); Abergorlech (village); Afon Duar;  Allt Llwyn-crwn; Allt Tan-coed-cochion; Banc; Banc Du; Banc Gareg-winiai?;  Banc Melyn; Blaen-bydernyn; Blaen-cwm; Blaen-Gorlech; Bryn Cothi; Bryn-llo; Caer-malwas; Capel Iago; Cloth factory; Crugiau Edryd; Cwm Hust;  Disgwylfa; Esgair-onen-fach; Esgair-onen-fawr; Gelli; Glan Duar; Glan Tren; Gors-goch; Hafodrwynos; Henfaes; Llainlas; Llanybyther (village)Lletty-llwyn-chwith; Llidiad Nenog; Llwyn-fedw; Mynydd Llanybyther; Mynydd Pencarreg; Nant Hust; Nant Llwyd; Nant-y- ? wd; Pant-glas; Pen-y-gaer; Pwll-cymbyd; Rhiw;  Rhyd-cymmerau; Sanatorium; Tir-bach; Waun-gron; Wernnant


Carmarthenshire Families


Rawlins, Jose. Lawyers Talk of Titles and Descents [David John Edwards/Black Lion Hotel, Llanybydder 1890+]. Dyfed FHS journal Vol 6/4 Dec 1998, p 149-153

Rawlins, Jose Parry. Jacki'r Gweydd (John Thomas, weaver). Dyfed FHS journal, Vol 8/9 Aug 2005

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Llanybydder has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


Lloyd, Sir John E., (Ed.). A History of Carmarthenshire (2 vols.), Cardiff, London Carmarthenshire Society (1935, 1939). Extracts from this book can be accessed on some parish pages, see here for this parish

Williams, D. J. The Old Farmhouse/Hen Dy Ffarm. trans. from Welsh by Waldo Williams. 1961 (Harrap). 238pp. well-known account of farming life in the Carmarthenshire parishes of Llansawel, Caio, Pencarreg and Llanybydder at turn of 19th and 20th centuries. Also a  parallel-text Welsh/English version published by Gomer, Llandysul, 2001/2, (1 84323 032 1). "Since it was first published in 1953 Hen Dy Ffarm has become a classic of Welsh literature......."

Land and Property

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • Llandeilo and Llanybydder title deeds 1733-1888     


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN522440 (Lat/Lon: 52.074549, -4.158049), Llanybydder which are provided by:


Clychau'r Cwm: the parish newspaper of Brechfa, Abergorlech & Llanfihangel Rhos-y-corn. is published by Patrick Thomas, of Brechva.

Public Records

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • Llanybydder Parish Council Records  1871-1979  
  • Llanybydder Rural District Council Records  1904-1935   
  • D. Lloyd and Son (Solicitors) Records     "Records of Lloyd and Son, solicitors, 1853-1930.... [including Lampeter and Llanybydder Rural District Councils, 1895-1922......"


Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • Evacuees' Records      "Log book of children evacuated from Swansea to Aberduar Vestry School, Llanybydder, Carmarthenshire, 1941........................"


[Gareth Hicks : 17 Dec 2012]